Friday, February 17, 2017

Board Member Spotlight: Sarah Truby

Sarah Truby is particularly passionate about LGBT and women’s issues’ intersection with public policy. She is currently a Development Associate at Equality California, the largest statewide LGBT organization in the country. Sarah also sits on the L.A. Leadership Council at The Williams Institute at UCLA Law School.  

She interned at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles in their Public Affairs department, where she became more involved in political advocacy. Sarah has previously served as the Gender Equality & Domestic Violence Liaison with the Los Angeles Fire Department, which also led her working closely with the Los Angeles Police Department on gender and LGBT initiatives. Previously, Sarah has worked at RRS Political Strategies as the Director of Social Media and Development (under our very own Robyn Ritter Simon!), interned in the Public Affairs Department at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, as a Fundraising Manager for current Councilmember Lindsey Horvath’s campaign, and as a Co-Chair for the Rainbow Alliance Caucus for the USC School of Social Work. 

Sarah received her BA in Women and Gender Studies with a minor in Human Sexuality from San Francisco State University and her Master in Public Health from the University of Southern California. Sarah is currently working on a Certification in Fundraising from the University of California, Los Angeles. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

She Was Warned

nevertheless, she persisted.

CALL TO ACTION: Please call Senator Dianne Feinstein (202-224-3841) and Senator Kamala Harris (202-224-3553) TODAY and ask them to do two things:

  1. Condemn the outrageous silencing of Senator Elizabeth Warren on the Senate floor Tuesday night for "impugning the motive" of a Senator--specifically Senator Jeff Sessions, whose confirmation as Attorney General was being debated.  Senator Warren was shut down for reading the words of Coretta Scott King and Senator Ted Kennedy.
  2. Oppose the confirmation of Senator Sessions and every other nominee selected for the Cabinet by President Trump who has yet to be confirmed.  This is not to be obstructionist.  This is to insist on Cabinet appointees who reflect the values of this nation of inclusion, human rights, economic equality, and freedom of speech.  The silencing of Senator Warren on a trumped-up charge has tainted the legitimacy of the confirmation process and calls into question the fitness of all other Cabinet appointees. 
We will survive this administration so long as we band together, hold all of our elected officials accountable, and fight for the rights of women and families - no matter the political party creating the policies. Join us and other like minded organizations to activate our communities at the grassroots level.
#WomensRightsAreHumanRights || #LetLizSpeak || #RESIST || #PERSIST || #NWPCCA

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Updates from Incoming President, Karen Humphrey

New state board marks New Year:
The newly-elected California NWPC State Board began work in January for the period 2017-18.  The officers and board members elected at the November meeting in San Jose are:  President-Karen Humphrey, Sacramento; Vice-President for Political Action, Karriann Farrell Hinds, LA Westside; Vice-President for Education and Training, Sherri Loveland, Orange County; Treasurer-Justine Quinones, Orange County; National Representative-Marguerite Cooper, Greater Pasadena; and Communications Director-Angelica Ramos, Silicon Valley.

Positions that remain vacant are Secretary, Fundraising Chair, Finance Chair, Membership Chair, Northern Regional Director, and Southern Regional Director.  Recruiting is underway to fill these vacancies; if you are interested, please contact  In addition, each local caucus is selecting its state representatives, who will also serve on the board.  

The board wants to encourage members to consider service on the state board—either in one of the vacant positions, or by running to be their local’s state board representative.  The board meets monthly, mostly by conference call, as well as three in-person meetings around the state during the year. 
New organizational leadership for NWPC-CA:
In an effort to strengthen its statewide capacity and visibility, NWPC-CA recently opened a state office in Santa Ana.  Part of the reason was to allow recruitment and assignment of more interns to assist in the many tasks of administration, outreach and communications, event planning and the like.  
In another step forward, President Sherri Loveland has agreed to serve as a volunteer Executive Director for the Caucus, working out of that office to keep state activities running smoothly.   Sherri has worked hard for several years to increase NWPC-CA’s capacity and our collaboration with other organizations which support women’s issues.  She will also continue her leadership in the Orange County caucus and serve as state Vice-President for Education and Training.
The board and Sherri will work out the logistics of her role and the office operations over the coming weeks, including hours when the office will be open and specific assignments to interns.  Stay tuned—and if you see or talk to Sherri, thank her for her dedication to the Caucus!

Emerge California's 3rd Annual SoCal Reception - With Amy Wakeland

Keynote Speaker
The First Lady of Los Angeles
Amy Wakeland

Amy Elaine Wakeland is a political strategist, public policy expert, and advocate for children and families. She is active with organizations and campaigns focused on combating sexual and domestic violence, empowering women and girls, and serving our city's most vulnerable residents.  She recently led successful efforts to fund and complete the City’s first-ever data driven analysis of the status of women and girls and to expand the city’s Domestic Assault Response Teams (DART) to all police divisions in the city.

Saturday, January 28, 2017
6:30pm - 9:00pm

The Line Hotel
3515 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010

"Republicans Take Upper Hand in Fight to Defund Planned Parenthood"

“There’s never been a time, ever, when the muscle of the pro-life movement has been so strong.”

The day after Thanksgiving, president-elect Donald Trump left Marjorie Dannenfelser a voicemail thanking her for the efforts of her volunteers, who knocked on more than one million doors on his behalf this election. Dannenfelser, the president of Susan B. Anthony’s List which opposes abortion, had exacted a set of promises from Trump in a public letter last fall—including his commitment to defund Planned Parenthood as long as the group performs abortions. “We won for a reason,” Dannenfelser says. “There’s never been a time, ever, when the muscle of the pro-life movement has been so strong.”

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